Department says no further update on future of Vet Lab

The Department of Agriculture says no further decision has yet been made on the future of the District Vet Lab in Sligo for now.

Following queries from Ocean FM News on Friday on whether another meeting was planned with staff at Doonally in May, the Department has failed to clarify if that is the case.

On Friday, farming representatives informed Ocean FM that they are very concerned that the lab will be closed based on information coming from within the department.

In its response, the Department reissued its statement from January stating there has been no change and discussions on the review are ongoing.

The review by Professor Alan Reilly suggests that closing three of the six labs could be an efficient way of making savings.

The Department states that the labs provide critical scientific evidence and expertise which allows the Department to deal with new and emerging risks and to rapidly respond to disease outbreaks and food safety incidents.

It also says the laboratories also provide valued services and advisory support to the farming community, the food industry and wider society and they remain an integral part of the work of the Department and the review and consultation with staff are ongoing.